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YouTube product manager leaves company, further delays new music streaming service

Dancing Astronaut – house, electro, progressive, dubstep YouTube, the world’s leading video-sharing website, has been making controversial headlines this year for its developing music streaming service and its effect on indie labels. Now in the news for another development, it has been reported that a key member and seven-year veteran of the Internet giant, Chris [...]

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Family feud: Kaskade and his ZEFR-founding bro take different stances on copyright law

Well this could get awkward. Brothers Rich and Ryan Raddon, the former being the co-founder of YouTube rights management platform ZEFR and the latter being better known by his DJ name, Kaskade, seemingly find themselves on opposing sides of the copyright debate. Late last week, Reuters reported that uber-popular YouTube star Michelle Phan is being [...]

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Seattle’s Audiosocket partners with 110 music libraries to try to fix copyright on YouTube

Some people are waiting for flying cars, quantum computing, or virtual reality. Me? I just want somebody to fix copyright on YouTube. Policing copyright on YouTube can be a nightmare for both users and creators. The platform uses a system called ContentID, which detects videos with “infringing” copyrighted material before either removing them or diverting ad revenue to the “proper” rights holder. The [...]

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YouTube’s identity crisis: Can it launch a Spotify-style service witout losing its soul?

From the moment cofounder Jawed Karim uploaded the first-ever YouTube video, a grainy 18-second clip shot at the San Diego Zoo, YouTube has been a space dedicated to the most homegrown of creators. It didn’t matter whether you were Lady Gaga or a kid from Arkansas — if the right people found your work and loved it, you could become an [...]

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Verizon promises to improve upload speeds as it pretends Netflix and YouTube don’t exist

  Verizon is planning to increase the speed with which its FiOS Internet subscribers can upload content to the Web to reverse the service’s slowing expansion, the Wall Street Journal reports. The speed bump is expected to be finished by the end of this Fall, and Verizon told the Journal that 95 percent of consumers will receive the [...]

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When ISPs demand interconnection fees from Netflix and the like, nobody wins

The Internet Association just sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission asking the agency to prevent ISPs from collecting interconnection fees — which offer better access to the ISP’s network for companies like Netflix and YouTube — so it can help defend the free Internet. The companies asked to pay these interconnection fees have argued that it’s [...]

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Netflix and YouTube rat ISPs out to the FCC over fees that could kill the open Internet

In the past, Netflix and YouTube resisted Internet service providers’ demands for additional fees to carry videos from their servers to consumers with not-so-subtle messages about who’s really to blame when that episode of “Weeds” or that music video needs some time to buffer. Those efforts have escalated today with a letter to the Federal Communications [...]

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Sponsored data has the power to make the Internet cheap, small and branded

I’ve written before about how as mobile surpasses desktop in dominance over the next few years with the app serving as the major entry point, the wide open wild west of the Internet will become a much smaller experience. In that light, I had been secretly happy earlier this year when AT&T’s sponsored data plan didn’t [...]

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YouTube seeks negotiations with indie labels subsequent to backlash

Dancing Astronaut – house, electro, progressive, dubstep Following mid-June baklash after YouTube threatened to pull major indie acts such as Adele, Arctic Monkeys and Vampire Weekend from its platform, the video hosting site has now agreed to reconsider its harsh policies. The threats arose once YouTube announced plans for a new music streaming service, stirring [...]

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Tractors and dial-up: YouTube highlights the problem with rural Internet

Yesterday, I wrote that YouTube had started snitching on Internet service providers incapable of providing their customers with an interruption-free video stream. Companies like YouTube and Netflix use these reports to redirect frustration toward ISPs and lead to favorable deals as a result, but the new reports from YouTube also show something else: just how little competition there is [...]

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YouTube starts tattling on ISPs to redirect its users’ frustration

YouTube is a snitch. The service is now telling users whose videos were interrupted mid-stream that the blame lies with Internet service providers, not with little ol’ YouTube. The technological tattling comes from reports that compare the average performance of ISPs in someone’s area to the performance of a specific company, much like reports published by Netflix. [...]

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Now YouTube Is Shaming ISPs For Slow Streaming Video

Sometime in the past few days, YouTube started showing a new error bar on slow-loading videos. "Experiencing interruptions? Find out why," it implores. Clicking through takes you to Google’s Video Quality Report page, comparing streaming quality of your local ISPs. If your provider’s slow, Google wants you to know. Read more… Continue Reading from the [...]

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Watch This Incredible “Transformers” Stop-Motion Movie Right Now

Save yourself the $12 (or whatever it costs these days) it takes to see the new Transformers movie and watch this instead. A clever YouTube user named Harris Loureiro created an awesome video that blends computer effects and stop-motion features to depict a fight between Optimus Prime and an army of Constructicons. Read more… Continue [...]

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The second deal of its kind in as many days, Google’s Songza acquisition is a win for human curation

Usually a thing has to happen three times before we call it a trend. But when two human-driven music curation startups get snatched up in as many days, I think we can make an exception and say something’s in the air. One day after I reported that the subscription music streaming site Rdio had acquired [...]

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Hipster music app Rdio gets even hipper, acquires TastemakerX. But does it have a shot against Spotify and the rest?

When you think of a music streaming service, what pops into your head first? Spotify, with its fast-growing popularity? Beats, with its celebrity cachet and Apple association? YouTube’s upcoming service, with its offensive, tone-deaf attitude toward independent musicians? If you’re as serious about your technology products as you are about your music tastes, you might [...]

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